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Tips From a Diamond Buyer

Buying a diamond can be overwhelming -

I remember my first day working at an internship for a diamond buyer at the Jewellery Quarter - (Birmingham, UK) I knew nothing, felt like a fish out of water and all the information I was given meant nothing to me.

Here are a few helpful tips I learnt through my career:

* Diamond cut is everything - this is what allows the gem to become a perfect light prism.

* Not all inclusions are bad - there are very few diamonds on earth that are internally flawless (IF) and with the naked eye you will not be able to see inclusions in a diamond from IF through to VS2 grade.

* Matching diamonds is not always easy so apart from Color, Clarity and Ct make sure your table % and Depth% matches closely.

* You will not see the difference between D-E-F with the naked eye, without the proper light and color matching equipment it's very difficult to see the difference.

* Cheap diamonds are cheap for a reason - carefully read the description for any inclusions on the certificate, look out for inclusions called Indented Naturals (part of the original rough diamond’s surface that drops below the surface of the polished diamond) specially on the edge (girdle) of a diamond. This characteristic can become a potential hazard as this natural dip actually looks like a small chip on the diamond and is a weak point.

*Lab Grown diamonds are amazing- their cost per ct makes a bigger look very affordable, they are carbon neutral made with sustainable resources, we can use it as the main center stone or as small as 0.8mm on the shank of your ring.

I hope this is helpful to you, if you would like help looking for your perfect diamond, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Nat Guarascio


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